Sep 6, 2010 1:00pm EDT
. thanks for joining us on "america live." i'm rick folbaum. harris: i'm harris faulkner. we got the video the president leaving for milwaukee wisconsin as the administration tries to improve the job picture for thousands of out of work americans this holiday. rick: combine the under der employed with the unemployed and you have one in every five american workers with either no job or working below their potential. nearly 3 million people unemployed for up to six months, more than 6 million people unemployed for more than six months. kelly wright is live at the white house to tell us what the labor department announced today. kelly, nice to see you. >> reporter: nice to see you as well. the labor department is indeed concerned about the numbers you just mentioned. it's 9.6% unemployment out there. that is not good at all. the labor department wants to do something about it. labor secretary hilda solis going on record talking about it today, releasing a video stating that this is the state of the american worker, and in it she talks about ha that she like the president is expressing that th
Sep 6, 2010 7:00pm EDT
for joining us for this labor day special edition. the jobs picture just keeps getting worse. tom, back in january, the economy was adding jobs and the recovery was gaining momentum. then europe's debt woes exploded and the global recovery came to a grinding halt. >> tom: susie, the latest employment numbers aren't much help. 54,000 jobs disappeared from u.s. payrolls in august, and the unemployment rate hit 9.6 >> susie: so how bad is the employment picture, and how long will it take to get back to where we were before the recession started? suzanne pratt puts it in perspective. >> reporter: it seems lately that signs like these are extremely hard to come by. even though the great recession may technically be over, the labor market is far from recovered. the nation's unemployment rate hit 10% late last year and has hovered just below there ever since. but economist dan greenhaus says that widely quoted number understates the magnitude of the job crisis and the inequalities within it. >> if you're an advanced degree white guy working not in construction, you're fine. it's like 4.5%. it'